Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Surprise 50th Birthday Party

She truly is a young looking, kind, caring, and lots of fun, 50 year old. Today we celebrated her. The red hat was the only thing that gave it away. Our dear friend of many years was totally surprised and we were happy that we were able to pull it off. The red hat is one given to her by another friend who had to wear it at her party. A "pass around red hat". Who will get it next?


We decided to have a box luncheon. White toddler size shoe boxes were used. Faux flowers from the Dollar store and ribbon from Tuesday Morning store were put together into a small bouquet and hot glued onto each box. The pretty little tags were purchased from the Dollar General store, stamped with "Happy Birthday" and sprinkled with a bit of glitter. Inside each one we had pink paper filler. Just for your information, I found boxes of 20 adorable little tags at the Dollar General. They had recently received them and I was excited to find them. They were so attractively created, as were the packages of note cards that were included in the same display.





With plain white boxes, the choices of colors and embellishments are endless.






We filled each box with a turkey and cheese wrap from Costco, a bag of Herr's Potato Chips(my very favorite!!!), a small plastic package of baby carrots and ranch dip from the grocery store, my sister-in-law's famous molasses cookies and the birthday girl's favorite candy(peanut M&Ms).


This is a quick and easy method of having a party. Everyone contributed the individual foods, so all that was necessary was to pack each box right before the surprise. These packed boxes would be fun to use for a big picnic also. They stack nicely in a big cooler.






At the one end of this table was my neice and her precious twin daughters. They must have felt special to receive so much attention.






The birthday girl's favorite dessert is cheesecake, which is what my sister-in-lawdid to create this masterpiece. She took and doctored up an original cheesecake with a layer of lemon yogurt, fresh strawberries and blueberries on top. What an exquisited looking birthday cake!! Wait until you see the next picture...the inside of this beauty.






A memorable day for a group of friends to celebrate one dear "50" year old lady.













16 comments:

Charli and me said...

What a great party! I love the idea of the little boxes and also the passing of the hat LOL What fun!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

You really know how to put on a party! What special details...from the beautifully lunch boxes to the most special birthday cake.

Sheryl said...

i want to be your friend!!! how fun and what great ideas.

Sara said...

It was a great party....I was there...& it was a honor to be there & enjoy the festivities of "this special milestone celebration" of a dear friend!
Judy....your boxes were stunning...& believe me...the doctored cheese cake was yummy.......

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Soooo pretty....she does NOT Look 50! I love the boxes and all your details. Yes be careful as per your computer....make sure you delete temp files and cookies everytime you go on your computer...they can make it susceptible to viruses. Also forwarded jokes etc. from friends..can have viruses...they may not even know they have one. Just make sure you have a good anti-virus program and you should be fine. cherry

Happy @ Home said...

I have a birthday coming up if you want to pass the hat this way. LOL
What a pretty birthday lady and a lovely party to usher in a special birthday.

The lunch boxes are decorated so nicely and what a clever idea.

Also, what sweet little twins your niece has.

Picket said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful friend! The box luncheon idea is fantastic....I have never heard of that and would have never thought to do that but it is a great idea...they are beautiful...I'll have to keep that idea and use it in the future! Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

What an extra special party you gave to your friend, who by the way is beautiful! Thanks so much for your very sweet comments you left for me, they really made my day!
Hgs~Kelly

Tracy said...

What a lovely birthday party...I wouldn't have ever thought of boxed lunches but how perfect! They're so beautiful, as is the table and the guest of honor! (Those cheesecake photos are making my mouth water!)

Have a great weekend!
Tracy

God's Girl said...

Wow! What an awesome party! I loved seeing all of your great ideas and beautiful presentation!

I also wanted to thank you for your prayers! God is so good to hear and respond to the prayers of His people!

May you have a wonderful weekend!

Lovella said...

What a beautiful party .. the pictures should be in a magazine. . .showing how to treat a lady on her 50th.

Brenda said...

How wonderful! She is so beautiful in that red hat.
Brenda

Alison said...

I never thought of serving boxed lunches at a party...what an awesome idea! I love when you're able to prep ahead so that you aren't completely stressed when the guests arrive!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Judy, your party looks delightful and your friend is very young looking.

Thanks for sharing and letting us take a peek. How fun!

Barb

LisaShaw said...

Judy what beautiful photos! Happy Birthday to your friend! Love the red hat idea! Those twins are absolutely adorable.

Love ya.

Jul Hoober said...

How could I have missed such a wonderful celebration for Diane...
Oh, if only my trip to Arizona had been at a different time. I hate missing such special events. It looks so wonderful and FUN. You all are such a blessing to all who know you.
Thanks for sharing the ideas and the pictures.
love, jul

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